Friday in Barcelona

ry=400Friday, June 12th was the actual day of our 5th wedding anniversary! The whole reason we came on this trip was to celebrate our love for each other and how much our relationship has grown. Unfortunately, this was our last day in Barcelona, but we made the most of it. We started out at our favorite breakfast place and sweets shop, Escribá. Because it was a special occasion, we let our 2 year old have chocolate cake!

Before going back to the flat for our bags, we walked around some shops to see if we could find a last-minute souvenir. ry=400-1There were so many neat artisan shops we’d seen all week that had beautiful painted mosaic gifts and pottery. I found a great pair of earrings with mosaics on them, modeled after some of Guell’s work. Earrings are my favorite souvenir to bring home from my travels because they’re small, and I get to show them off periodically and tell people stories from the trip. ry=400-2We took in our last few minutes in our neighborhood, with the narrow streets and closely situated apartment buildings/storefronts. There is some beautiful architecture!

We retrieved our bags, checked out of the flat, and made our way to the Barcelona Arena in Plaça de España. There is an elevator you can ride up to the top for a gorgeous panoramic view of the city. We killed some time here and the view was definitely worth the 1euro we paid to get to the top! ry=400-6ry=400-7

ry=400-5We caught the bus from Plaça de España to the airport and checked in for our flight back home to Belfast. The boys obviously had a great trip, they both fell asleep on the 2 hour flight! We are so grateful for this time together as a family to explore the amazing city of Barcelona <3

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Read about the rest of our trip to Barcelona too! Have you been? What was your favorite part?

Sunday Confessional- Anniversary Edition

I confess that, as of Friday, I’ve now been married to my husband for five years. This seems like such a long time for someone who’s only 25 but, on the other hand, these last 5 years have passed by in the blink of an eye. John is my best friend, and we have so much fun together. I know this sounds cliche, but I can’t imagine living life without him. He challenges me to be better, discourages me from putting myself down, and loves me on my bad days. These last five years have brought trials that I never saw coming, and more joys than I can count.

I confess that I’ve laughed every day for the last five years because, somehow, he can make anything funny. He’s good at everything he tries (seriously!). He can pull people out of their shell and get them talking, and he isn’t afraid to skip the small talk to get to the heart of someone. He is full of so much goodness, loving me more than I deserve, and seeing the good in everyone around him. The gentleness and patience he shows our boys is something I try to imitate daily!

We share a love for adventure, hence our most recent holiday to Barcelona with a toddler and a baby in tow. We’ve traveled to 9 different countries, and moved 7 different times these last 5 years. Some call us crazy, and maybe they’re right! I always tell people that we’re a lot alike, but that’s only partially true. Of course we are different in some ways! He’s outgoing and I’m more introverted. He burns, I tan. He likes mussels and oysters, I don’t. I like coffee, he despises it. But as I sit here thinking of differences, I’m coming up with a lot more similarities! We share a love for cooking, reading, exploring, and everything relating to our two boys. We try hard to be on the same page and communicate honestly with each other. We are unconventional, not often doing life in the way people expect. But we are a perfect match, and every day I see how well our unique qualities complement each other.

God really knew what he was doing when he made John’s path cross with mine. It wasn’t love at first sight, but a strong friendship that started the whole thing. Some regret their high school years, but me? I’m just grateful I was able to meet John when I was 16. It’s like we’ve grown up together (and probably still have some growing up to do)!

Happy Anniversary, John. You make my life so much richer. I can’t wait to see what the next 5 years bring (and the next 5, and the next 5, and so on!).  I love you more than I know how to say <3

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